Tag: mantenance

Warm Up or Not To Warm Up Your Car

  It is that time of the year when we tend to let our vehicles “warm-up” or idle before driving. In fact, today’s modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without excessive idling, says the Car Care Council.   “Unless you are trying to defrost the windshield or warm the interior of your… Read more »

It Happened Again.

” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] What’s worse than breaking down, on the Interstate, on a trip with the family? Maybe one of the kids getting sick. But the transportation break down is close to the top of the list.     Monday, we received a desperate phone call from a business owner. His company van… Read more »

Love Your Family and Your Car ?

Believe it or not, way back in the 50’s, car emissions were reduced by about 90% by the “Positive Crankcase Ventilation Valve” better known as the PCV valve. (when an engine is running, there is oil blow by ( pressure build up in the oil of the engine). This oil blow by, was vented below… Read more »

Wipe blades – Simple Right ! Well Not Exactly

Lets start with windshield rake. On the 1996 F150 below, the windshield is rather erect with some rake.  On the vehicles above, the windshield is raked considerably. On my 1996 F150 Truck the air tends to slam into the windshield, the aggressive rake on the other autos allows the air to flow over the car… Read more »

Ethanol Gasoline & Your Lawn Mower / Pleasure Toys

We have been living with 10% Ethanol in our gasoline for awhile. Each year vehicle manufactures have been adjusting right down to your lawn mower. What’s the big deal? In your auto, maybe not. We have seen damage from ethanol in some pre-2000 cars. The fuel hose and gas tank damage being the most common. Extreme… Read more »

Red Coolant/hot light on Uh Oh!

Your car is overheating, when to call a tow truck can be tricky. If the coolant is getting into the oil, some expensive damage has already occurred. Note: coolant in the oil usually looks like light chocolate milk on the oil dipstick.  Driving the vehicle with coolant in the oil, is just plain not a… Read more »

Red Coolant/hot light on Uh Oh!

When does the red coolant light come on? Hopefully not but – most likely when your sitting in traffic on a hot day. This is usually followed by a cloud of steam from the engine compartment. At this point, all you can do is get to the side of the road to let the engine… Read more »